CYCLOPS – ‘THE FIRST YEAR’ $6
Recorded at Channel 3, Tampa & Dungeon C, Providence. Cyclops is SHV & Russian Tsarlag, a gruesome twosome of leathery grooves and toilet rock. Guitars mutate around drum machines, Tsarlag waxes depressive over droopy synths, languid anthems repeat endlessly, a monster mash. There’s also some real sex appeal. SHV’s beats hiss like more than club soda, Tsarlag’s guitars curl alluringly, a bleach party for two. Gone are the loner moods, replaced with a mysterious liaison.
VINCENT OVER THE SINK – ‘BIBLE BASHERS’ $6
I reissued this tape because it rules. I keep Bible Bashers between the car seat and the center console, or on top of the tape deck, or in my ass pocket; it’s on constant rotation. Recorded at Wolfgang’s House, Glenbrook Lagoon, Blue Mountains, Australia, 2009. Grim pianos melt over dumb horns, downer chords drowned in dishwater vox. I keep seeing domestic interiors with moving walls, skeletal fingers hitting single keys, a hall of mirrors, goosebumps. Vincent Over The Sink are no longer. They were a magnetic flash of weird in an otherwise predictable succession of DIY styles. Bible Bashers is one of only a few releases documenting their curious flavor. I usually like the transience of home recordings, but some things are worth remembering.